Friday
Mar042016

NEW Website

Hello Everyone, 
A quick reminder for you. We have officially moved all blog postings to www.liturgicalart.org/blog and are continually posting new information there about our current projects. We appreciate the page views here but are planning to phase out this site in the next couple months. Head on over to the new site and let us know how you think it compares. 
Tuesday
Mar102015

NEW BLOG LOCATION

Greetings, if you are reading this we would first like to thank you for frequenting our blog page. We would also like to inform you that in addition to a new website, the location of our blog has changed as well. www.liturgicalart.org/blog is the new location for all things Center related. 

This site will be kept online for a few months pending it's ultimate transition. 

Friday
Jan302015

He is the Vine

            John 5:15 "I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.

This week we installed a stained glass window for Faith Lutheran Church, which is right up the road from us here in Seward.  The Church entrance had pre-existing windows that had been made by a parishioner, now retired from window-making, and the Church was seeking to add to the design in Memorial of another parishioner.  

Having to work with the design of another artist is always challenging, understanding their symbols and intention forces us to step out of our own shoes and look at what is there as best we can from the viewpoint of another. The symbols for Baptism and the Lord's Supper reminds us of our unity as Liturgical Artists and Christians, we are all branches from the same vine.

This wasn't the first time we had worked with Faith Lutheran. Back in 2007 we refininshed their East wall or Chancel wall, and when we began to make designs for the window we decided to combine the old with the new. 

The final designs brought together the vines from the pre-existing windows from the entrance and the cross design from their sanctuary, utilizing both of them to aestheically unite the church as a building.


Working with the existing design, we were able to continue the intention of the artist and convey their message of unity, while we added to it our own, reminding us that is by the cross that we are brought together.

 

At the end of the day, its beautiful to see the two designs working so well together, as they are brought together by a common purpose. Liturgical Art, like the Liturgial Artist, is here to serve.

Monday
Jan262015

New Show at Wolfram Gallery

The LC-MS International Center in St Louis, permanant site of the Wolfram Gallery, is the new home of a collaborative art show featuring the works of Austin Romine and Evan Balleweg. The pieces consist of paintings and mixed media relief sculptures that utilize wood, clay, etching ink, gold leaf and natural found materials such as tree branches and a frog skeleton.
                                                                                                             
In Romine's pieces, small yet well presented squares create engaging compositions individually and collectively, inviting viewers to discover beauty through a more intimate level of observation. The sensitivity of the small areas are contrasted and enhanced by the boldness of entire groups of squares mounted on large white spaces. 
Balleweg's works, juxtaposed amonsts the crisp white geometry of Romines, feature predominantly black boxes, each showcasing some kind of precious object. The pieces invite veiwers to evaluate what it is that makes that item special and how through that item the box themselves become special. It is an exploration of the significance of objects that harkens back to the ancient church's reliquary practices. The momento, mori, or rememberence of death and transendence are repeating themes, inspired in part by the writings of German theologian, Meister Eckhart. 
The show also feautres two collaborative pieces made by both artist's working in conjuction with one another. These showcase the style of each artist individually while creating a bridge in the visual langage of the show, allowing the pieces to integrate more seemlessly. 
The show will be available for viewing until summer of 2015. Photo galleries can be viewed here.
Friday
Jan162015

Seasonal Church Banners

      The significance of banners can be traced to multiple places in scripture, in Numbers 1 and 2 the children of Israel are instructed by the Lord to identify themselves with banners. In Isaiah they are used to signify the faithful that something significant is about to happen. In Numbers and in Deuteronomy fabric is used by the faithful to remind them who and whose they are. 

     Today, banners carry that same significance as they lend beauty to our worship spaces and aid us in lifting our hearts to God.

                                

Recently we have completed two sets of Liturgical Banners for a church in Arlington, Virginia. There are many ways to deviate from the all too common felt-and-glue method of making litrugically significant banners.

                                                                     

These Penecostal Banners were designed in a way that included many layers of flowing material that allow for movement. The finished product brings to mind both wind and flame, symbols of the Holy Spirit as it moves in the presence of the congregation, grasping attention only to deflect it towards God.

 

 

The next set remained still, but still broke the mold in its design. Instead of using words to designate the season which it represents, a vibrant, organic design brings a strong organic presence to the interior of the Church. The glory of God that is found only in creation is present here even inside the Church.

 

We sent the banners to a local printer who applied our design to the fabric usiing a method called dye sublimation.